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Big Ang Reportedly Hospitalized With Lemon-Sized Throat Tumor

Mob Wives star Angela Raiola, who's mostly known as lovable 'Big Ang' has been hospitalized in her native Staten Island, N.Y. for a throat tumor. Suffering from neck pain in recent weeks, the reality TV star and owner of the Drunken Monkey bar has been admitted for treatment for what TMZ calls a mass the size of a lemon. It is not known if the tumor is cancerous.

It was reported that Raiola was shooting another reality series at the time of her health scare, reports Us Weekly.

A longtime smoker, Raiola, 51, has said in the past that she often tries to kick the habit. "I do it every year for like two months and then I go back," she once told "I don't want to smoke, but I just can't help it. Now, they give you this medicine and I don't like to take medicine. They want to give you this stuff — they say it gives you these crazy nightmares, I don't need that. I'll just smoke."

 It is unclear if smoking contributed to her recent health issues.

Raiola took her Facebook page to thank fans for their support and to address these rumors, check it out below!

"Hi my babies! I am finally able to take a moment to speak to you all. First off, my apologies that you had to find out about my condition from every other outlet but me. This was never my intent, but unfortunately it got out there. Secondly, I want to clarify the rumors that I am hospitalized. I went in for a test due to the nodule in my throat. I had a nerve wracking couple of days, as would anyone when you hear testing etc... However, I am home peaceful and relaxing. This coming week I will be taking proper precautions and having it removed. I do want to say that you have all been on my mind every step of the way and I am so thankful to each and every one of you for the love, support, prayers and most of all positive wishes. Big Ang isn't going anywhere! This is a minor setback, but I promise you this... I already have some BIG things in the world and will be returning to your TVs very soon. Always look after yourselves and don't neglect your health. I'm fortunate and blessed to have discovered something very early, and handle it in a positive manner. I thank you and I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Stay posted in the coming days, I will give you all updates. xoxoxox"

We wish Ang a speedy recovery. We love you Ang! Xo

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